How to Configure the "Mass Effect" With Pinnacle Game Profiler

Written by matt gerrard
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Pinnacle Game Profiler is a controller profile manager for PC games. Rather than having to individually set the assignments for each button on the controller, they can be conveniently stored in a template within Pinnacle. For instance, if a game features FPS and vehicle-based elements and you prefer different controller setups for each, you can switch between different profiles with a single keystroke. It also can be used to store standard profiles for particular types of games, such as flight simulators or racing games, saving you from assigning all the controls each time you get a new one.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Launch "Mass Effect" and access the controls list in the Options menu from the home screen. Access the command list and take note of the required commands. It will be helpful here to be able to "Alt+Tab" between the "Mass Effect" options screen and the Pinnacle configuration menus. Some graphics cards won't allow "Mass Effect" to run in Windowed mode. If yours is one of these, write down the control assignments from "Mass Effect" on a piece of paper.

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    Launch Pinnacle Game Profiler and click "Edit Configurations" in the lower, left corner of the home screen. Some users reported problems with the camera controls when using the pre-made "Mass Effect" Pinnacle Profile, so creating a custom one should help alleviate these. A new window will appear displaying a controller, and all the button assignments currently set to it.

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    Select the type of controller you're using from the drop-down box in the upper right corner, and type a name for your configuration, "Mass Effect," or something similar. Click on any of the controller buttons and a drop-down menu will appear with a list of commonly used commands. Select "Edit Commands" from the top of the list.

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    Select one of the generic commands in the "Edit Commands" window. A number of standard commands, such as "Move Forward" "Fire Primary Weapon" and "Reload" will be added to the command list. Select each one and edit the assigned key in the box below so it matches the assigned keys in the "Mass Effect" options. Many of them will already be correct as they are commonly used game controls. For instance the "W, "A," "S" and "D" keys are used for movement in the majority of PC games.

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    Click "OK" and return to the Controller Configurations window. Click each controller button on the photo and select the action you would like assigned to that button from the drop-down list.

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    Edit the joysticks by clicking the "Setup Joystick" buttons at the base of the Controller Configuration window. Here you can adjust the dead spots and sensitivity of each of the sticks. This will generally take some experimentation to get the sticks exactly as you would like them. Press "Alt" and "Tab" to return to "Mass Effect" and enter the game. You can edit the settings as you play until you are comfortable with them. Click the "Save and Close" button when you've finished assigning the controls.

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